Let’s Take A Moment Day 548

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

blog Sept 2021

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I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.

Earlier this week marked the 77th birth anniversary for Barry Eugene Carter, who went on to slay the world with his bass baritone voice under the stage name of Barry White. “The Walrus Of Love”, as he was affectionately nicknamed, was born September 12, 1944 in Texas but was raised in California.

He released today’s song as a single in the fall of 1974. By January 1975 it was the #2 hit in the country. And of equal importance, White performed this track during Season Two Episode 18 of “Ally McBeal” for John Cage’s 35th birthday. The entire cast joined him & White onstage to dance to this spectacular song. It was one of those surprising, quirky, adorable, warm & delightful moments we received courtesy of David E. Kelley’s appreciation for great music.

You’re my sun, my moon, my guiding star
My kind of wonderful, that’s what you are
I know there’s only, only one like you
There’s no way, they could have made two
“.

Barry

John Cage (Peter MacNicol) (L) dances around Barry White( R) during an episode of “Ally McBeal” from April 1999. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Barry White: “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything” (1874, written by Peter Radcliffe, Tony Sepe and Barry White).

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Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 484

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

Tom Petty music quote

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I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.

Towards the end of 2017, I became completely absorbed in David E. Kelley’s HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies”. The soundtrack was fabulous and the actors were great. I was especially captivated by one of the younger actors in the show, Darby Camp. She played Reese’s youngest daughter-10 year old Chloe MacKenzie-and she was unbelievably impressive.  Her character’s intense love of great music reminded me so much of myself at that age!!!  I was her minus the ear buds. 

One of her favorite songs in the show introduced me to soul singer Leon Bridges who was born July 13, 1989 in Georgia as Todd Michael Bridges. His 2015 debut album, Coming Home, hit the Top Ten on the Billboard Album chart that year. It was nominated for the Best R&B Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. One listen to this man sing, one look at his sweet young face and it is easy to see why he has been hailed as “the second coming of Sam Cooke.”. I have been a fan ever since. Happy birthday, Leon Bridges. Here’s to 100 more.

Oh, I wanna come near and give you
Every part of me
But there is blood on my hands
And my lips aren’t clean
“.

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Leon Bridges: “River” (Live performance on “Saturday Night Live, December 5, 2015. Originally released June 2015, written by Joshua Block, Leon Bridges, Austin Jenkins and Chris Vivion).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.